London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1898.
First edition, home issue (only printing), second state, with errata present and catalogue dated 03/98. Frontispiece portrait, maps and plans. [xvi], 336 pp + 32 pp publisher's catalogue. 1 vols. 8vo. WINSTON CHURCHILL'S SCARCE FIRST BOOK. Original green cloth, titled in gilt Malakand Field Force 1897. Spine toned, inside joints expertly repaired. Very good. Housed in half green morocco slipcase Woods A1(a); Cohen A1.1.b. Item #314796
First edition of Churchill's first book. "When the attacks of Afghan tribesmen on the north-west frontier of India led to the formation of a punitive expeditionary force, under the command of Sir Bindon Blood, Churchill obtained an attachment to the force and a contract as a war correspondent with the Daily Telegraph. He took part in several skirmishes in which he came under fire and witnessed acts of barbarism by both sides. On his return to Bangalore he expanded his reports into his first book, The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898), which combined an incisive narrative of the fighting with vivid accounts of the landscape and its inhabitants" (ODNB).
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